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Current Issues in the Church

There is so much Catholic information and commentary available now that the hard part is choosing what issues are most important enough to follow. Our website limits its coverage to those current events that touch on our doctrinal and missionary purposes. Issues involving our apostolate get top priority, but other issues affecting all of our lives are also highlighted in our news reports and columns.

A knowledge of Church history will give us the tools necessary to deal with many of the alarming current issues that threaten the Faith and the Church, theologically, morally, and socially.

Brother Francis has a tremendous appreciation for the history of the Church. He liked to call Church history “the laboratory of wisdom.” Why? Because the history of the Church is the history of human salvation, and choosing the best means to save one’s soul is the highest prudence. And prudence, says St. Thomas Aquinas, is wisdom in action.

A knowledge of Church history is essential if we are to apply the wisdom of the past, and the tragic errors of the past, to current issues and events in the Church. History is the laboratory of wisdom, but the application today of the lessons learned from history is prudence.

How, for example, are we to understand what St. Pius X meant when he said that “modernism is the synthesis of all heresies,” if we are ignorant of the history of the Church’s battles against heresy? How are we to evaluate the causes of what Pope Benedict referred to a “crisis of Faith,” if we unfamiliar with any of the twenty ecumenical councils that preceded Vatican II?

Christendom is gone as a reflection of the social reign of Christ the King, but Catholicism lives on, and the spiritual warfare is ever-present. We must keep informed, rejoicing in the good, and fighting against what is evil.

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Hindu Leader’s ‘Insult’ to Mother Theresa Ought to be the Goal of Every Missionary

UCANews: Christians across India have expressed outrage over remarks from a Hindu leader suggesting that the main objective of Blessed Teresa’s service to the poor was converting people to Christianity. Over 150 people cutting across religious lines gathered in Chhattisgarh, western India Tuesday to stage a sit-in to protest against the remarks. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Saint Gregory of Narek was a Catholic

This morning, I telephoned an old Armenian Catholic friend to ask him about Saint Gregory of Narek, recently proclaimed Doctor of the Church by Pope Francis. Joe speaks fluent modern Armenian and reads the old classical Armenian literature. He was, for a time after Wold War II, a novice for the Mekhitarist Congregation of Armenian Catholic monks in Vienna, Austria. He is my go-to man for things Armenian … More →


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Indian Shrine Honors the Martyrs of 2008 Killed in ‘Odium Fidei’

AsiaNews: Christian residents in the village of Tiangia (Odisha) have erected the first monument to honour seven martyrs, victims of anti-Christian pogroms in Kandhamal in 2008. Mgr John Barwa SVD, archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, blessed the memorial plaque on 13 February, in the presence of priests and hundreds of faithful. Read full article here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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The Twenty-One Slain Copts: Martyrs?

The savage infidels who call themselves ISIL have added to their brutal crimes recently by simultaneously beheading twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians on a beach in Libya. This grievous crime against defenseless civilians should rouse our just indignation. Further, such a persecution of the baptized by those who hate the Cross (and have vowed to conquer Rome) should elicit a chivalric response in Catholic hearts. With all our … More →


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Heretics and Holy Confessors: the Conclave of 1549, Battles Among the Cardinals

Roberto di Mattei: Rorate Caeli: The Conclave that opened on November 30th 1549, after the death of Paul III, was certainly one of the most dramatic in the history of the Church. The English Cardinal, Reginald Pole (1500 – 1558) was indicated by everyone as the great favourite.  The Pontifical robes were prepared for him and he had already shown someone his thanksgiving speech.  On … More →

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Cardinal Kasper Includes Martin Luther Among Saints of ‘Great Gospel Tradition’

Catholic Culture: L’Osservatore Romano has published excerpts from a new book by Cardinal Walter Kasper on Pope Francis. Pope Francis, writes the retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is a radical in the sense of emphasizing the roots of the Gospel message and the joy it brings. The Pope “does not advocate a liberal position, but a radical position” and is … More →

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Cardinal Zen: Rumors of Better Vatican/China Relations False

AsiaNews: A Hong Kong Communist Daily started spreading the news that the Sini-Vatican Agreement is close at hand. Then the voice of the Secretary of State of the Pope adds weight to the news: “Yes, the prospects are promising. Both sides are willing to talk”. Among my friends, who since a long time are concerned with what happens to the Church in China, there is … More →

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200,000 Christians May Be Slaughtered in Nigeria by Moslem Terrorists If Something Is Not Done

NBCNews: Boko Haram forces appear poised to attack Maiduguri, a city of 2 million in northeast Nigeria — meaning that 200,000 Christians could be at risk of slaughter by the Islamist terror group, say U.S. intelligence officials and experts on Nigeria. “An attack on Madiguri is very likely,” said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Project at the Atlantic Council, echoing U.S. intelligence officials. … More →

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Destroyer of FFI Guilty of Defamation Must Pay Victims 20,000 Euros

20,000 Euros is a bit more than 20,000 dollars. Let’s wait and see if he gets his just due from Pope Francis. Rorate Caeli: The chickens have come home to roost for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Commissioner of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, and possibly just in the nick of time.  Full story is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Open Letter of Resigned Bishop of Kazakhstan on Crisis in the Church

Rorate Caeli: I had the experience of living with priests who were in Stalinist prisons and camps and who nevertheless remained faithful to the Church. During the time of persecution they fulfilled with love their priestly duty in preaching Catholic doctrine thereby leading a dignified life in the imitation of Christ, their heavenly Master. I completed my priestly studies in an underground Seminary in the … More →

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Cardinal Burke Says No Authority Can Deter Him From Defending Catholic Truth

UCANews: Cardinal Raymond Burke said he was “responding to a hypothetical situation” when he stated that he would resist any possible move by Pope Francis away from Catholic doctrine. “I simply affirmed that it is always my sacred duty to defend the truth of the Church’s teaching and discipline regarding marriage,” Cardinal Burke said Monday. “No authority can absolve me from that responsibility, and, therefore, … More →

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Cardinal Baldisseri: ‘Dogma Has Its Own Evolution . . .’

Diane Montagna, Aleteia: Last week, the debate about next October’s Synod on the Family came into view once again as the Secretary General of the Synod, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, opened a three-day (January 22 -25) international conference of lay and family movements in Rome. Full article is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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China: Government Will Not Hand Over Remains of Bishop Shi

The Underground Church hero spent fifty-four of his ninety-three years on earth in prisons and labor camps. AsiaNews: Very “dangerous.” Very “worrying”: This is how Hebei Catholics comment on the attitude of the Beijing authorities surrounding the death of  Bishop Cosma Shi Enxiang, ascertained on 30 January, but retracted a few days ago.  The family of the prelate – who disappeared in police custody in … More →

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Pope: Today Martyrs Are Being Killed by Enemies Who ‘Hate Jesus Christ’

“I think of our martyrs, the martyrs of our times, men, women, children who are being persecuted, hated, driven out of their homes, tortured, massacred,” the Pope told attendees of his Feb. 6 Mass, held in the chapel of the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. This martyrdom, he said, “is not a thing of the past: this is happening right now. Our martyrs, who are meeting … More →

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Underground Chinese Bishop Arrested in 2001 Dead at 94

Catholic Culture: Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian, China, who has not been seen in public since his arrest in 2001, has died at the age of 94. A leader of the “underground” church, Bishop Enxiang spent much of his life in Chinese prisons and labor camps. He was taken into custody most recently on Good Friday of 2001, and since that time government officials … More →

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